This kid comes from Gainesville, Fla., having started his first band in the early-'60s with a future famous rocker. In fact the names to come from that small metropolis are legendary. They all worked together, teaching each other licks and in some cases, how to play their instruments. Later this young man would be featured in a band from California. Do you think you know which classic rocker this is?
Don Felder was invited to join the Eagles while working with two-thirds of Crosby, Stills and Nash. Coincidentally he'd already worked with Stephen Stills by that time. Stills helped Felder form his first band in Gainesville while the future Eagle was still in high school. A few years ago Felder recalled how Eagles co-founder Bernie Leadon replaced Stills in his group. It's all connected.
Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon was in charge of the entertainment for his high-school prom, so he called up Jim Peterik of Ides of March, later of Survivor. The Chicago area was flush with rock talent in the late '60s and '70s, and apparently some were willing to play proms. REO Speedwagon was formed by University of Illinois students Neal Doughty and Alan Gratzer. Cronin would join five years later.
The teeth are a good place to start when trying to identify this classic rocker in his youth. Not that the singer has bad teeth now -- they weren't even awful then -- but his smile today pretty much matches the one he flashed 45 or 50 years ago. He was a key part of one of the most successful bands of the late '70s and early '80s, but he wasn't the original singer. Do you think you know who it is?
It's not an overstatement to call this man a southern-rock icon. He's in his mid-30s in this picture taken from Robert E. Lee High School. While at first his name was a punch line, it later became his ticket to fame and fortune. Do you think you know whose yearbook photo this is?
Forby Leonard Skinner is the man who inspired a southern-rock band to call itself Lynyrd Skynyrd. The gym teacher and high-school coach famously came down on Ronnie Van Zant and his friends for wearing their hair too long, although he later said that his alleged behavior was exaggerated. “They were good, talented, hard-working boys,” the late Skinner told the Florida Times Union. “They worked hard, lived hard and boozed hard.”
This young man seems like the kind of guy you'd want to marry your daughter. He was clean-cut, dressed conservatively and active in his high school's choir and student council. He played several sports on his school's football team before moving on to become a long-haired rock singer. Do you you know who he is?
Marvin Lee Aday graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas in 1965. After a spell in college, he headed to L.A. to begin his music career and found success fairly quickly, although his signature album 'Bat Out of Hell' wouldn't be released until 1977. It featured hits like 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' and 'Two Out of Three Ain't Bad.'